It seems Leonardo DiCaprio has had quite a few scary brushes with death!
In a new interview, the 41-year-old actor revealed he’s almost died on three different occasions — once while swimming with great white sharks, another during a near plane crash and lastly, in a skydiving accident!
A stock image of a great white shark.
“If a cat has nine lives, I think I’ve used a few. I mean, there was the shark incident,” Leo recalled during his recent sit-down with Wired magazine. “A great white jumped into my cage when I was diving in South Africa. Half its body was in the cage, and it was snapping at me.”
The Titanic star recalled the shark tried to grab nearby tuna and instead landed inside his open-top, underwater cage. “I sort of fell down to the bottom and tried to lie flat,” he said of the previous incident. “The great white took about five or six snaps an arm’s length away from my head. The [instructors] said that has never happened in the 30 years they’d been doing it.”
A stock image of tandem skydivers.
Leonardo continued recounting his near-death experiences with a story about surviving a plane engine explosion! “Then there was this Delta Airlines flight to Russia. I was in business class, and an engine blew up in front of my eyes,” he began. “I was sitting there looking out at the wing, and the entire wing exploded in a fireball. It was a surreal experience. They started the engines back up, and we did an emergency landing at JFK.”
“The other one was the skydiving incident. It was a tandem dive. We pulled the first chute. That was knotted up. The gentleman I was with cut it free. We did another free fall for like another five, 10 seconds. I didn’t even think about the extra chute, so I thought we were just plummeting to our death. He pulled the second, and that was knotted up too. He just kept shaking it and shaking it in midair, as all my friends were, you know, what felt like half a mile above me, and I’m plummeting toward earth. And he finally unravels it in midair,” the Great Gatsby star said.